Bannockburn is a small hamlet settled in the west of Darjeeling Hills in the state of West Bengal. Bannockburn can an alternate option for those tourists who likes to spend two to three days in the Darjeeling hills. Bannockbrun is an ideal option from where tourists can get close proximity to Darjeeling but far away from the madding crowd. There is swimming pool at Bannockburn which an exception in this periphery, travellers can relax their day with a dip in the pool. As all knows Darjeeling is famous worldwide as the queen of hills along with its huge production of tea throughout the year. Bannockburn offers a breathtaking views of the snow capped mountain ranges, waterfalls, long stretches of lush greenness and hectares of tea estate those spread along the valleys of this region. At Bannockburn, there a concept of ‘vacation homestay’ has started for those travellers who loves to stay within the lap of nature and has an urge to learn something new. Bannockburn lies within 10 kilometres from Darjeeling town. From Darjeeling Chowrasta within a distance of about 9 kilometres is Lebong Tea Estate, from there Bannockburn is another 1 kilometre. Bannockburn also offers a magnificent view of sunrise and sunset. From Bannockburn several activities or sports can taken part like trekking, river camping, river rafting along with sight tour around Darjeeling and its other periphery. Bannockburn has a planted area of 143 hectares of a total land out of around 300 hectares of land and produces 90,000 kilograms of tea. The Bannockburn Tea Estate was one of the first tea gardens in Darjeeling hills, planted in the 1850s just a few years after the British brought the earliest Chinese tea plants into the region. Bannockburn derives its name form from the battleground and hamlet in Glasgow, way back in the year 1314, where history has it that Robert of Scotland defeated the British King, Edward II. Single estate signature teas from Bannockburn have the legacy of being the favourite tea for the British palate.
How to Reach: Bannockburn can be reached either from New Jalpaiguri, the nearest rail head or from Bagdogra, the nearest Airport. It takes around 3.5 hours to reach Bannockburn from NJP railway station and it takes around 4 hours from Bagdogra Airport. One can also reach Bannockburn from Darjeeling, which is a distance of about 10 kilometres. For those who have visited Darjeeling town several times, they can plan out their tour differently as Bannockburn (2 nights), Takdah or Lamahatta (1 night) and Tinchuley or Baramangwa or Chotamangwa (2 nights).